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42-97942

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 24/5/44; on return from mission to Enguine/Catts 19/6/44 with Lloyd Burns, Bombardier: Jack Gray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Gibbs, Radio Operator: Leroy Monk, Ball turret gunner: Bill Farmer, Waist gunner: Dick Andrews (6 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Fred Kauffman, Navigator: Ed Sadler,Tail gunner: Lou Schulte (3 Killed in Action); mid air collision with 44-6133, wreckage crashed Canvey point mud bank, River Thames estuary, UK. Missing Air Crew Report 6983.

Service

Aircraft

  • 44-6133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Y] Kimbolton 8/6/44; on return from mission 19/6/44 with Armand Ramcitti, Co-pilot: Bill Hager, Navigator: Don Watson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Tognazzini...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Lloyd Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Burns lied about his age, with his father's permission and joined the AAF at 18 instead of 19. Flew all his missions, between Apr 44 and June 44. He was just 20 years old when he completed them and the youngest...

  • Robert Deveny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Farmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Gibbs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Jack Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Frederick Kauffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH

  • Leroy Monk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Sadler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 ...

  • Louis Schulte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29th mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 ...

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 1944

Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Vega.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 11 April 1944

Delivered Denver AAF 11-Apr-44.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 24 May 1944

Assigned 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Canvey Island 19 June 1944 – 19 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from mission to Enguine/Catts 19-Jun-44; mid air collision with 44-6133, wreckage crashed Canvey point mud bank, River Thames estuary, UK. MACR 6983.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2019 11:43:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28680852?terms=42-97942
http://www.379thbga.org/war_stories_ANDREWS.htm
http://www.379thbga.org/Looking4%201160-1151%20p16.htm
http://8thairforce.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6983 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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